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February 23 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 54 Moses' speech continues.  Today, we're reminding of the whole law of God, the ten commandments and the people's need to keep these commandments ever before them.
Moses will tell the people, "Hear, O Israel..."  Watch today's video for a great explanation of what it means to shema (listen).

DAILY READINGSDeuteronomy 4-6 & Psalm 54
DAILY NOTES Deuteronomy 4:1
These were never rules.  Moses has communicated them as life. Deuteronomy 4:6-8 Following God's commands will make them wise among the other people.  What we understand is that these laws God gives differ from those of people around the Israelites.  Indeed, they are to be set apart."Observe them diligently" means to study them and do them.These ordinances are "just" compared to the other nations. Deuteronomy 4:9 Watch yourselves or be on guard. Deuteronomy 4:19 How can the people make an idol of anything under or above the earth since God has created everything and "has…
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February 22 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 53 Three books down, 63 more to go! 😁

We're opening with the first 3 chapters of Deuteronomy today.  You'll notice that those chapters are a history lesson.  Moses is speaking to the new generation of Israelites, ensuring they know and understanding how they got to be where they are.  He doesn't pull any punches.  It's a straightforward recount of much of what we've read so far.

Since it is a retelling of the Israelites' journey, I didn't include chapter notes today.  Make sure to watch the introduction video to get a firm grasp of what the book of Deuteronomy is--there's an extra credit assignment!

DAILY READINGSDeuteronomy 1-3 & Psalm 53

February 21 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 52 We're finishing the book of Numbers today.  We've traveled through the desert and are making final preparations before entering the promised land of God.   DAILY READINGSNumbers 35-36 & Psalm 52

DAILY NOTES Numbers 35
This chapter is divided into 2 sections.  The first half outlines the cities that are to be given to the Levites; the Levites do not have inherited land because God is their inheritance.The second half describes what to do when someone kills another, either unintentionally or as murder.  Notice the role of the avenger.  He (I presume it would always be a man) has a duty that he must fulfill.  In Verse 25 illustrates the seriousness of his task--the congregation might have to "rescue" someone who kills another unintentionally from the slayer.The slayer must reside in the refuge city until the high priest dies. Numbers 36 The final chapter deals with property of tribal families.  This is based on the decision made in Numbers 27.  From this, wome…

February 20 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 51 We're winding down our reading of Numbers.  We haven't even read about a number in a while, right?  Instead, we're making final preparations to enter the land God has promised.   DAILY READINGSNumbers 33-34 & Psalm 51
DAILY NOTES Numbers 33
Most of the chapter outlines the journey the Israelites have taken.  The text says that the people were "under the hand" of Moses and Aaron.Moses has recorded "their starting points, stage by stage."  The people were arranged in a military fashion.  That has set them up for the conquest of Canaan.Verse 52 makes it clear that what is before the Israelites is a holy war.  Numbers 34 This chapter is written in two parts.  The first outlines the boundaries of Canaan.  The second section indicates the leaders of all the tribes. Psalm 51 This is a familiar psalm to a lot of people.  It is commonly read and referred to on Ash Wednesday as it deals with personal sin, forgiveness and reconciliation.Notice the "T…

February 19 + Daily readings & notes

DAY 50 It's been 50 days since we started reading the Bible.  50!  That's a great milestone.

I hope you're finding that reading the Bible daily is a valuable way to experience God's grace.
DAILY READINGSNumbers 31-32 & Psalm 50

DAILY NOTES Numbers 31
Moses is given his final mission with the Israelites.The war on the Midianites begins.  It is related to what happened in Numbers 25.Notice that Eleazar the priest goes to war with the army, but, apparently, he does not participate (See Verse 12).The Israelites defeat the Midianites, killing "every male."  They bring the women and children, but Moses commands that the boys and women should be killed, too.Verses 25-54 depict how the rest of the items gathered from the Midianites is distributed. Numbers 32 Two tribes ask Moses to stay in Gilead.  In other words, they are asking to not enter the Promised Land.Moses receives this as a discouragement to the people.  He relates their request to the negative report t…

February 18 + Daily readings

DAY 49 It's a light reading day!  We're learning about more offerings and what to do when your wife makes a hasty purchase--maybe that's what it means 😉 DAILY READINGSNumbers 28-30 & Psalm 49
DAILY NOTES Numbers 28
Prescribed daily offerings, sabbath offerings, monthly offerings, passover offerings and offerings for the festival of weeks. Numbers 29 Prescribed offerings for festival of trumpets, day of atonement, festival of booths. Numbers 30 Jesus once said, "Let your 'yes' be 'yes' and your 'no' be 'no."  Vows are important to the people of God.  The whole story we're reading is based on a vow/promise from God.  This chapter deals with the vows a man makes; he should keep them.  Mostly, though, the chapter deals with the vows made by a daughter or wife.  The father/husband was given authority to decide whether any vows or rash decisions made by her were to be kept or not. Psalm 49
People have trusted in their wealth for a long…

February 17 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 48 The Israelite population is about to decrease.  Consequently, a new generation of people, and a new leader, will take their place as those who will inherit the promise of God. DAILY READINGSNumbers 25-27 & Psalm 48
DAILY NOTES Numbers 25:1-5
The people (men) became sexually and, consequentially, religiously involved withe Moabite women.  We are to understand that these Israelites began to participate fully in the religious activities of the Moabites.  Numbers 25:4 The people guilty of spiritual idolatry are hanged.  "In the sun" is so that everyone will see them.  Numbers 26
A census is taken of the new generation of people.  No one who was counted in the old census is around to be counted in the new one.  The census, besides indicating military numbers, also provides an avenue to apportion the land the people will be given. Numbers 27:1-4 5 daughters seek to inherit their father's land.  Since he had no sons, his name would have been forgotten if the daughters d…